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Metra Unable to meet 2015 Deadline

Congress’s order to the railroads to install the positive train control system by 2015’s end, but Metra claims to be unable to afford the high cost of the technology involved. They want the deadline pushed to 2018. But after a Metro-North train derailed on a curve at 82 mph, Congress may not extend the deadline.

Four people died Sunday when the engineer, William Rockefeller became dazed. The train took the curve at three times the speed limit. Rockefeller was in the first carriage “control cab” which did not have the alerting system. The locomotive had an alerter, but it was at the back.

In the 2008 crash in Chatsworth and in the Sunday crash in NY, Metra engineers failed to heed signals telling them to slow down.

If Metrolink can not pay the estimated $235 million cost, if the company misses the deadline, it may face steep penalties.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Metro North passenger train accident in Bronx, New York that occurred at approximately 7:20 am on December 1, 2013.

NTSB Rail Safety Investigator Mike Flanigon is the investigator-in-charge, leading a multi-disciplinary team of NTSB personnel. Board Member Earl Weener served as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Specialist Keith Holloway is coordinating media-related activities.